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Ali Hassan is a Stand-up Comic and Actor who has performed for audiences across Canada and internationally.
Ali is the host of the CBC Radio stand-up comedy show Laugh Out Loud. Ali is also heard on CBC Radio, NPR and PRX as a frequent guest-host of As It Happens, the arts and culture show ‘q’, and for the past six consecutive years, he has hosted Canada Reads – the annual battle of the books celebrating the best of Canadian literature.
Ali has appeared on the big screen in award-winning films – Breakaway, French Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese ‘Uncle Stevie’ opposite Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Eugene Levy in the hockey hit Goon. In 2020, Ali was in the films MySpy, Mafia Inc, and Tammy’s Always Dying which had its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. His recent television roles have included Blood & Treasure (CBS), Designated Survivor (ABC), Cardinal (CTV), Odd Squad (PBS Kids), Man Seeking Woman (FXX), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and Working Moms (CBC, Netflix). Television audiences can also see Ali as a recurring guest star on the new CBC sitcom, Run The Burbs.
Ali has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42. Ali also toured across Canada as one of the stars of Just For Laughs Comedy Night In Canada tour, hosted By Rick Mercer.
A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Ali has toured his solo show Muslim Interrupted around Canada to great acclaim. He also took the show to Scotland to perform at the world’s largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2022, Ali begins touring his latest one man show, based on his decade in the food industry, Does This Taste Funny? In 2022, make sure to check out his book, ‘Is There Bacon in Heaven?’ that comes out with Simon & Schuster.
About ‘Does This Taste Funny’
Ali Hassan’s career plans started off as simply as anyone’s: become a chef, get a food show on television, get a second food show on television, be the face of the network and have oven mitts with his face on them. But sometimes things get in the way of your dreams: like your parents’ disappointment, your family of four children and your successful comedy career.
This show is a hilarious exposition of Ali’s journey in and out of the culinary world in which he spent 12 years. Think Eat, Pray, Love….minus the Prayer